08-07-2021 19-10-2021

Liebestod The smell of blood does not leave my eyes Juan Belmonte - HDT III Angélica Liddell & NTGent

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Liebestod Campagnebeeld Geknipt Angelica Lidell
By bringing together revolutionary Andalusian torero Juan Belmonte and the music of Richard Wagner, Angélica Liddell gives voice to the origins of her theatre, to what she calls "a history of my roots, of my depths". 'Liebestod' is the third part of the series Histoire(s) du Théâtre at NTGent - a performative investigation of the oldest art form.
practical

tickets

15 - 28 euros

general info

Spanish spoken
Surtitles in English, French & Dutch

estimated duration

2h

Some scenes may offend the sensibilities of the spectators.

More than an art, bullfighting was for Juan Belmonte a spiritual exercise, elevating emotions into an infinite space, into eternity. This ceaseless research for tragic beauty, an attempt to communicate directly with the sacred, is present as much in the work of the bullfighter as on Angélica Liddell’s stage. “I’m always looking for the sublime moment, for transfiguration, for overflowing enthusiasm, for radiance and light, this lyrical transport which takes place when one loves”, Angélica Lidell says.

Liebestod  is therefore much more than an epic of bullfighting; the show becomes an offering, “it’s the work of a woman in love, a mortal woman. It’s also an immolation”.

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'Profound, essential, and unmistakably political (...) Without embellishment or artifice. In one word: heartbreaking'
Scèneweb

Juan Belmonte (1892-1962), the "divine stutterer" from the Triana district of Seville, is considered the creator of spiritual torero. He lived obsessed with the death of of Joselito in the bullring. His phrase "We fight as we are" sums up his philosophy. His suicide tells us about the feeling of "no longer being able to live" that Emil Cioran describes in On the Heights of Despair.

Liebestod, the title of the climax of Richard Wagner’s 1865 opera Tristan und Isolde, literally means “love death”. The composer wrote the music for his own poetic rewriting of the medieval Celtic legend. The word 'Liebestod' refers to the theme of the eroticism of death or of “love till death”, with the idea that the consummation of the couple’s love takes place in death, or even after it.



Angelica @ Bruno Simao 1

The Spanish performance artist Angélica Liddell is known for her unconventional and visually stunning works about the violence of the world, in which she often explores the limits of her own body. Her plays have been shown all over the world, on international festivals like F.I.N.D. (Berlin) and Festival d’Avignon. For her work she has received several awards like the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale.

'Angélica Lidell no longer makes theater, she is theater'
Les Echos - Philippe Chevilley
credits

with

Angélica Liddell, Gumersindo Puche, Patrice Le Rouzic, Palestina de los Reyes, + extras

text, direction, stage & costume design

Angélica Liddell

light design

Mark Van Denesse

costumes

Justo Algaba

direction assistant

Borja Lopez

Nicolas Guy Michel Chevallier

light

Sander Michiels

stage

Eddy Deschepper, Luc Laroy

set en costumes realisation

Ateliers NTGent

dramaturgy (ntgent)

Carmen Hornbostel

production management (ntgent)

Greet Prové, Chris Vanneste, Els Jacxsens

production direction (altra bilis)

Gumersindo Puche

communication & press (altra bilis)

Saité Ye, Génica Montalbano

animal trainer

Sabine van der Helm, Catvertise

subiteling (ntgent)

Elli De Meyer

production

NTGent, Altra Bilis

coproduction

Festival d'Avignon, Tandem Scène Nationale Arras-Douai, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt
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credits

with

Angélica Liddell , Gumersindo Puche, Patrice Le Rouzic, Palestina de los Reyes, + extras

text, direction, stage & costume design

Angélica Liddell

light design

Mark Van Denesse

costumes

Justo Algaba

direction assistant

Borja Lopez

Nicolas Guy Michel Chevallier

light

Sander Michiels

stage

Eddy Deschepper , Luc Laroy

set en costumes realisation

Ateliers NTGent

dramaturgy (ntgent)

Carmen Hornbostel

production management (ntgent)

Greet Prové , Chris Vanneste , Els Jacxsens

production direction (altra bilis)

Gumersindo Puche

communication & press (altra bilis)

Saité Ye, Génica Montalbano

animal trainer

Sabine van der Helm, Catvertise

subiteling (ntgent)

Elli De Meyer

production

NTGent, Altra Bilis

coproduction

Festival d'Avignon, Tandem Scène Nationale Arras-Douai, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt

TICKETS

Wednesday 13 October 2021
20:00
NTGent Schouwburg
Thursday 14 October 2021
20:00
NTGent Schouwburg
Friday 15 October 2021
20:00
NTGent Schouwburg
Saturday 16 October 2021
20:00
NTGent Schouwburg
Sunday 17 October 2021
15:00
NTGent Schouwburg

ON TOUR

Monday 15 November 2021
20u00
Douai/Arras (Tandem Arras Théâtre)
Tuesday 16 November 2021
20u00
Douai/Arras (Tandem Arras Théâtre)

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